Bearcat Banter: Bring On December

Photo Credit: Gary Manning

Mark it down as two wins and a loss — call it a good week.

Last Wednesday, the Bearcats ventured to Berwick, returning with an impressive shutout effort, their third win in five head-to-head

The Bearcats dominated the first period, having a wide margin in the shot department and a pair of goals to show for it. The final period became “Fight Night at the Apple Dome”. The Bearcats made this final statement, a goal with two seconds remaining on the clock.

Friday, the Yarmouth Mariners scored in each period to pick up their first win over the Bearcats. The teams took turns dominating over the first two periods. In the third, the Mariners provided a more composed attack, getting the better scoring opportunities and capitalizing. For them it was a solid road win.

Saturday, fans were treated to a goaltending duel between Truro’s rookie goalie and a former Bearcat goalie. It was a good one. The Bearcats snapped Grand Falls’ six game win streak. Clearly, the Rapid contingent is a contender.

Truro finished their ten-game November schedule with a 6-4 record, tied with Yarmouth for top spot in the Division, with almost
identical records. The Bearcat December schedule has them at home for four and on the road for the same number, all between December 2 and December 18.

First up is the meeting Friday with the South Shore Lumberjacks. They haven’t met since Truro’s season opener. The Lumberjacks acquired a new coach since, and have been coming together, winning four of their six wins over the last ten games — playing a spoiler role.

Saturday, the Bearcats are in Amherst. The Ramblers have lost all three meetings with Truro. Their goal for the night should be clear.
On Wednesday, the Valley Wildcats are back in town for their sixth meeting with Truro. This is a battle that’s been ongoing since Truro’s Game 7 win last Spring.

Divisional games are big games.

#19 Jacob Christie Timberlea, NS 6’2”, 185 lbs. 20, Defense

Bearcat-of-the-Week honours went to third year defenseman, Jacob Christie. He scored both Bearcat goals in the opening period against Valley and had a spirited scrap in the third. This was a significant contribution to the team, and personally, scoring his first MHL goals. Following three seasons with the Dartmouth Steele Subaru U18, he was ready for the junior level. Originally a 2018 St. Stephen pick, he became a Bearcat via a trade with Yarmouth. His size, skill and defense first mentality make him a premier rearguard in the MHL.